Wednesday 18 October 2017

Torah

Parashat Ha’azinu

Let’s make 5778 the year of the rope. This coming Shabbat in Parashat Ha’azinu which we will read on Shabbat Shuva, the Torah will declare...

Parshat Nitzavim – Vayelech

Why do Selichot always start on a Saturday night? This coming Motzei Shabbat in Ashkenazi circles we will be commencing our season of Selichot. Until medieval...

Tehillim Psalm 22

The deer is especially devoted to its mate, and indeed the animal enjoys much fame across Scripture! Many times they are referenced, such as...

Tehillim Psalm 21

This week’s Tehillim is in memory of Louise Haft On Rosh Hashanah, we spend the day in shul, acknowledging that Hashem is our King. With...

Parshat Ki Tavo

There is a punishment for not being happy. It’s in this week’s Parasha of Ki Tavo: the long list of the Klalot, the curses, of...

Tehillim Psalm 20

This week’s Tehillim is in memory of Ephraim Yitzchok ben Zev  - Dr Ephraim Jaffe z’l This week’s Psalm, is one that we say every...

Parshat Ki Tetze

A teacher’s mistake once caused a national catastrophe. This week’s Parasha of Ki Tetze gives us the Mitzvah, ‘Timche Et Zeicher Amalek Mitachat Hashamayim Lo...

Parashat Re’eh

Is the Torah speaking directly to me? This week’s Parasha commences with the words “Re’eh Anochi Noten Lifneichem Hayom Bracha U’klalah”, “See, (written in the...

Va’Etchanan’s umbilical cord

Va'Etchanan always falls the week after Tisha b'Av, the blackest day in  the Jewish calendar, when e fast to commemorate the loss of both...

Parshat Va’etchanan

The Ten Commandments are made up of five pairs. Usually, when it comes to the Decalogue, which of course, we will be reading this Shabbat...

Tisha B’Av

It is forbidden to study Torah. This is one of the surprising Halachot of the fast day of Tisha B’Av, which we will be...

Tehillim Psalm 19

This week’s Tehillim is in memory of Miriam bas Shoshana This week’s psalm is one of the most familiar in the entire book of Tehillim,...

Tehillim Psalm 18

This week’s Tehillim is in memory of Hayeled Yaakov Moshe ben HaRav Avraham I have to say what a pleasure it is to write this...

Parshat Matot-Masei

Rabbi Zecharia ben Avkulas was responsible for the destruction of our Temple. Who was this Rabbi and why was such a suggestion given? During these...

Ask the Rabbi

Better off without religion? Dear Rabbi, I came across the Jewish Weekly recently in Manchester and I was intrigued by a lot of what I read....

Ask the Rabbi with Rabbi Schochet

All my fault? Dear Rabbi, We have a daughter who has taken up drugs and gotten in with a wrong crowd. More like a rich brat...

Tehilim – Psalm 17

In this week’s psalm, we start with a phrase that is tremendously essential for the Jewish people throughout life, “Hakeshivah rinati ha’azinah tefilati –...

Parshat Pinchas

Why are almonds significant for us? This Shabbat, the first Shabbat of the Three Weeks, we will be reading a Haftorah from the first chapter...

Ask the Rabbi with Rabbi Schochet

How holy is your body? Dear Rabbi, My grandfather is critically ill and I just found out he has requested that he should be cremated. My...

Tehillim Psalm 16

This week’s Tehillim is in memory of Esther bat Yaacov Moshe In this week’s psalm, we open with the line that has been used by...